Professor Gabbers on his personal “hero,” Bill Gates. . .
“Gates is a bit of a hero of mine, even though he’s a monopolist . . .”
Maybe by “monopolist,” Gabrieli doesn’t mean the kind of guy who would stifle the small businesses that drive our economy. Perhaps he means that Gates is the kind of wild ‘n crazy guy who likes to party like a rock star by playing board games.
Professor Gabbers on the “upside” of outsourcing. . .
“Everyone focuses on the downside of outsourcing. There’s another up side, which is there are Indian companies that earn a lot of dough. I’m familiar with a fair number of them. Many of them, at one point decide, they don’t have a U.S. operation center. We are well positioned to be where they want to be.”
Folks, stop being so darn negative about outsourcing. Outsourcing is our friend. By exporting jobs to India we are actually creating the potential for affluent Indian companies to send a few back. Think of Massachusetts as the Change Bank of jobs. (Never fails to crack me up!) Sure, we may be losing some jobs in the tradeoff, but we’ll make it up in volume!
Professor Gabbers on building ONE MASSACHUSETTS. . .
“I’m sick and tired of 300 cities and towns and the redundancies that are inherent with that. That’s ridiculous. You know, we’re the only state in the country that’s going toward fragmentation. Everybody else is going toward county and regional government, for obvious reasons.”
. . .because, let’s face it, having 351 separate cities and towns just plain sucks. Home Rule-shmome rule! Honestly, don’t you think the residents of the unfortunately-named Belchertown would gladly merge into the great ubermunicipality of Gabopolis?
Professor Gabbers on outflanking the opposition. . .his own Party. . .
“I mean, if you look at Clinton’s biggest wins, he got it by going around the leadership of the Democratic Party and going directly to rank and file membership and Republicans.”
. . .by aligning with the exploding number of rank-and-file Massachusetts Republicans. As a venture capitalist, Chris Gabrieli knows that you buy low and sell high. So why not employ that reasoning in politics? (Trav. . .Sal. . .sorry to play my trump card, but the GOP caucus has got my back on this one.)
Professor Gabbers on why he doesn’t believe in merit pay. . .but would support it “if teachers and schools want to do it”. . .even though his instincts tell him “it won’t work. . .”
“But that’s why when the teachers, when the unions ask me are you for merit pay, I say, look, my position is I don’t believe in merit pay. I’m skeptical, but I can tell you that one of the teachers unions, the locals, has told me he thinks the Denver Model is a really great idea. Well, I think if he goes to his jurisdiction and says let’s apply for that Gabrieli Administration, try to go to try this idea out, I’m for it, because if the teachers and the school want to do it and they think it will make a difference, let’s try it. It’s not – even though my instinct says it won’t work, and I certainly think the Governor is saying, if we were only like the private sector and gave people bonuses based on stuff, then everybody would work harder. I think that’s ridiculous, top down assumptions that traveling salesmen have the same motivation as teachers. However, if a district actually says, let’s measure this, I’m for it.”
Listen up, Teachers Unions! There is a new sheriff in town! If you come to me with a proposal that I simply don’t believe in, well, I just may support it!
And last, but not least. . .
Professor Gabbers on not making “stupid mistakes” like Shannon O’Brien. . .
“I mean, Shannon O’Brien famously got into trouble on the gay marriage issue when she was asked, “What would you do if the legislature passed gay marriage? Would you veto it?” Now, she made the stupid mistake of answering a hypothetical question, right, and in her mind, when she was thinking about it. Well, a veto is a higher standard that what you would advocate for, so no, I wouldn’t veto it. That’s what was in her mind. I really believe that it wasn’t pandering. She knew it was being closely covered, right? You can’t explain that to people, that you see a different standard between veto and so on and so – I’m careful when I say it’s [in-state tuition for illegal immigrant children] not a priority for me. I have not said I’d veto it.”
You see, folks, the art of not making stupid mistakes is to simply play dumb and dumber. Shannon O’Brien didn’t screw up by not disclosing her willingness to sign-off on gay marriage all along. She blew it by not avoiding the issue long enough.
You can always let people know where you really stand after Election Day!